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In Hollywood, The Actor Who Gives The Call To Prayer
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It is said, in Los Angeles, that Abdulwahab Benyoucef’s call to prayer is so lovely and so clarion that Muslims come to the mosque just to hear him. About three times a week, the Algerian actor — who has shortened his name to Ben Youcef — comes here in his traditional tunic to stand before the men kneeling toward Mecca.




Op-Ed: Taboo Words Serve An Important Purpose
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In an effort to be more precise, accurate and neutral, the Associated Press decided to remove several words, including “Islamophobia” and “homophobia”, from the 2013 edition of the AP Stylebook. Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page calls the move “a linguistic blow for blandness.”




Fears About Shariah Law Take Hold In Tennessee
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In Tennessee, an incumbent in the U.S. House found herself on the defensive after being called soft on Shariah law, the code that guides Muslim beliefs and actions. And the state’s governor has been forced to explain why he hired a Muslim.




NPR: A Ramadan Story Of Two Faiths Bound In Friendship
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It’s Ramadan, the month-long holiday when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk as a way to cleanse the soul and reflect on their relationship with God. The faithful usually flock to their local mosques for prayer during the holiday, but last year, the Muslims of Cordova, Tenn., just outside Memphis, didn’t have a place to go.




NRO’s Krikorian Attacks Muslims In Arguing For Reduced Immigration
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Mark Krikorian, who we last saw bashing naturalized Americans and the children of immigrants in order to argue that the United States should close its borders to immigrants, is at it again.




Imam Arrests Show Shift In Muslim Outreach Effort
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To understand the events that unfolded two months ago in Miami, you need to know that one of the most volatile things that can happen in a Muslim-American community is the arrest of a religious leader, the imam.




Terrorism Training Casts Pall Over Muslim Employee
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The man at the center of this story is 59-year-old Jordanian-American Omar al-Omari. He looks very much like the college professor that he is — tweed jacket, button-down shirt, thick round glasses, drinking coffee.




NPR: New Terrorism Adviser Takes A ‘Broad Tent’ Approach
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In some cases, the suspects were young Muslims traveling overseas to train for violent jihad. In others, they’re accused of actually trying to launch attacks. Attorney General Eric Holder said homegrown terrorism is one of those things that keeps U.S. officials awake at night.




UM-Ann Arbor discussion focuses on Muslim women stereotypes
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She told the diverse crowd, which asked several questions about the subject, that the choice to wear a hijab (Islamic traditional headscarf) is based on a wide variety of different factors.




‘Undercover’ in hijab: unveiling one month later
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Last month, I climbed out of my “lap” and wore a hijab, the Muslim headscarf. I thought this temporary modification of my appearance would bring me closer to an understanding of the Muslim community, but in retrospect, I learned more about my place in the world.